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Peer Pressure In The Shooting Community

Kevin Felts political commentator

Didn’t you know, there is a new cartridge, and it beats everything else hands down. If you do not switch to the new cartridge, then you are just stupid.

Maybe not those exact words, but something like them, have been repeated for decades. Want an example? Look at the 40 S&W and Glock fanboy clubs. say a disparaging word about either, and members of the shooting community are quick to discredit, argue, or sling insults.

An example is an article I posted on AllOutdoor – Opinion: The 40 S&W Needs To Go Away.

From the time the 40 S&W was introduced I found the recoil excessive. People who know me personally probably remember me saying that since the 1990s. But when you post it in public, saying you do not like the 40 is worst than sacrilege. How dare someone say they do not like a high pressure round that has excessive recoil. Learning to shoot the 40 S&W is just a matter of training, right?

Nope!

Handguns For Bug Out Location

Handgun for bug out location

Part of my overall prepping plans is to have enough firearms for friends and family members who bug out to my location. I live in a rural area with privately owned that borders national forest and timber company land.

Hunting firearms is not a problem, the issue is handguns.

Let’s say some friends and/or family members bug out to my location. Not everyone will get a handgun. It is just impossible to stockpile enough handguns for everyone,

What is possible though, is to give out a couple of handguns for people doing security. These are the people scouting the bug out location for signs of trespassers. Someone who who is not supposed to engage the enemy.

What would be a good handgun to focus on?

Glock Handguns

The Rise And Decline Of Glock

Glock 19

In 1982 when Glock hit the streets it was thrown to the forefront of the gun control battle by having a polymer frame. The anti-gun leftist claimed a Glock would slip past airport metal detectors. The anti-gun media did one thing, they gave Glock all the free advertising the company could want.

From 1982 – 1986 I was in high school. Something teenagers did back then is we watched the news. Video games were far and few between. There was no internet, smart phone or tablet. there was no Netflix, Youtube, Hulu or amazon prime. The vast majority of people had 3 or 4 TV channels we picked up with an antenna. From 5:30 – 6:30 the only thing to do was watch the news. So watch the news we did.

Even after I graduated high school in 1986 I remember the anti-gunners beating the gun control drum over the Glock.

Handgun Evolution

Survivalist And The 40 S&W

Remington 1911 R1 45acp

After its release in 1990 the 40 Smith & Wesson quickly shot to fame. For survivalist the 40 S&W was like a gift from GOD. The 40 S&W was effective, just about every gun maker had something listed in 40 S&W, ammunition was widely available, there are even some carbines offered in 40 S&W. What is there not to like?

What niche did the 40 S&W fill

The 40 S&W offered a viable option for law enforcement who wanted a heavier bullet than the 9mm, or more rounds than the 45 acp, and without the slow reload of the revolver in 357 magnum.

The cartridge also offered a middle ground between 15 rounds of 9mm and the 7 rounds of 45acp 230 grain bullet.

Demand for the 40 S&W

The FBI testing helped prove the effectiveness of the 40 S&W.

Fueled in part by the FBI test, police departments all over the nation adopted the 40 S&W as their standard sidearm caliber.

Further fueling demand came from the wide range of manufacturers who jumped into the 40 S&W market with both feet. By the end of the 1990s it seemed that just about every major gun manufacturer on the planet had something to offer in 40 S&W.

2013 NRA Show Houston Texas

NRA Show Houston, Texas

Man oh man, what a weekend. My wife and I left Jasper Texas around 6 am Friday morning, got breakfast at Jack in the box in Woodville Texas, and arrived at the NRA show at the 9 am. Traffic was not that bad. Thank goodness there were no wrecks on HWY 59.

We found a parking lot directly in front of Minute Maid park, which is across from the George R Brown convention center. Holy crap was parking expensive, we had to pay $30, but the location was perfect.

My wife and I entered the show, obtained our media badges, then started walking around.

This was my wifes first real gun show. She never showed any interest in gun shows, that was until I built her a pink M4. Now that she has something she can relate to she is showing more interest.

Firearms Every Survivalist Should Own

AK-47 AR-15 Survival Rifles

Ok Survivalist, it’s time to talk about firearms every serious prepper should own.

Whether you are in an urban survival situation, have a homestead you plan on using as a Bug Out Location, bugging in, or bugging out to the wilderness, lets put together a solid list of well preforming firearms.

Requirements for this list require the firearm to have a long history of civilian or military service, and must have a reputation of being reliable.

Ruger 10/22 is the bees knees of 22 rifles. There are a lot of 22 rifles out there, but few of them can compare to the reliability and the customization of the Ruger 10/22.

My first experience with a Ruger 10/22 was sometime in 1984 or 1985 when 3 of my buddies and I were on a 3 day camping trip. We loaded up an aluminum boat and headed out to one of the bayous close to Bridge City, Texas.

On the second day of the camping trip after eating lunch, Allen and I took the dishes to the bayou to wash them. While we were washing the dishes, we saw a nutria rat on the other side of the slough. 1 shot with the Ruger 10/22 took care of the animal. Allen and I got in the aluminum boat we used to reach the camping spot, then paddled over to retrieve the nutria rat.

We skinned the nutria rat and brought it back to the camping spot where it was roasted over a camp fire and eaten. Even though we had just eaten dinner, it was just canned chili and we were still hungry. The meat from that nutria rat really hit the spot.

Firearm for Rural SHTF Bug Out Location

Shooting AK-47 with ERGO Grip SUREGRIP

What is your ideal firearm for a rural small farm (Bug Out Location)? Purpose is to protect property and livestock. For this article, lets say the setting can be during normal everyday life, and during a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI event.

During a SHTF setting, livestock are going to be very difficult to replace.

Its 10 pm, your chickens start making a fuss, what firearm do you grab? Do you use a shotgun, small caliber rifle, medium caliber rifle, or something else?

One of my ideal setups would be for a rifle and a pistol setup to share the same caliber. There are several manufacturers that make carbines in various pistol calibers, such as the 17 HMR, 22 long rifle, 9mm, 357 magnum and 45 acp.

This article will be divided into 3 phases, discussion on shotguns, small calibers for everyday life, larger calibers for post-SHTF / a world without law. Since followup shots may be needed rather quickly, single shot firearms will not be discussed.

Shotgun For Bug Out Location

While a shotgun may be ideal for nighttime, there is a high risk of collateral damage. We want to protect the livestock, and not take the livestock out along with the predator.

Even though the Mossberg 590 is one of my favorite SHTF shotguns, I do not think it is appropriate for livestock protection. The 590 does not have a choke that can be used to change the pattern of the shot. The short barrel of the Mossberg 590 will have a negative effect on the shot pattern as well.

Why I switched from 9mm to 45 ACP

In the 1980s there were three events that helped influence my opinion on handguns and handgun calibers.

#1 – My dad and I were having a discussion on a revolver vs a pistol. Even though a revolver holds fewer rounds then a pistol, my dad liked the revolver over pistol the due to the reliability of the revolver. There was nothing to jam with the revolver like there is with a pistol.

My dad worked as a Jasper County Texas deputy sheriff during the 1970s. Even though I greatly respect his opinion, I feel that his opinion might have been influenced by organizations like the FBI who used a service revolver instead of a pistol like the 1911.

The service revolver my dad used was a S&W model 66 combat magnum. When I graduated high school in 1986, mom and dad bought me a model 66 combat magnum just like dads.

There were two major sticking points on the revolver vs pistol discussion my dad and I had. Those points where the effectiveness of the 357 magnum, and the reliability of the revolver.

If you are going to use a handgun, make sure its reliable and make sure the cartridge is large enough to get the job done.

Stockpiling Too Many Types of SHTF Survival Ammunition

Stockpiling ammunition for SHTF

In a previous article we talked about stockpiling too many types of survival ammunition. This is a recap of that other article but with some new thoughts on the topic added.

Just in case you have not been paying attention, here lately certain types of ammunition is getting difficult to find. Just about all of the surplus ammo has dried up and a lot of the bulk stuff is sold out.

My local walmart here in Jasper Texas barely gets any American Eagle 223 in stock, and rarely gets Federal 308 Winchester. Remington Core-Lokt in 308 Winchester is right at $19.96. Its pretty sick when 308 is $1 a pop. My dad has some boxes of 30-06 at the camp that has a price tag of $13.96. I wish I would have bought a truck load of ammo back when it was cheap.

Over the past few years I have been buying cheap and stacking deep. The problem with buying cheap, you get steel cased ammo. This means a lot of my 223 and 7.62×39 is steel cased. The time has come to move past the steel cased ammo. So I have started buying American Eagle 223 and Federal bulk packs of 223.

Stockpiling Firearms For SHTF

Whitetail deer taken with a bolt action 270 Winchester

How many people have more then firearm per caliber? What is the point of stockpiling ammo, and then have one rifle that could break? Sure people have spare parts, but spare parts do not help your buddies hunt with you.

Part of my plans call for a worse case situation, meaning I have friends or family members show up at my front door with nothing but clothes. The food starts to run out, so we head to the camp to plant a garden and do some hunting.

What firearms do you have that you can hand to a friend or family member and say “here ya go”? Its easy to pick up a spare 22 rifle from time to time, but its another thing to have 2 or 3 rifles in 308 or 30-30.

In my opinion, a well rounded plan should include the ability to provide assistance to other members of your group. Shooting ability, size of the game, shooting experience,,,, should all be considered.

Hunting after SHTF

In my eyes, hunting after some kind of SHTF / TEOTWAWKI event will be divided into 2 categories – large/medium and small game.

Depending on where you live, that will define what caliber and types of ammo you need. Someone living in Alaska will probably need a different caliber then someone in the south hunting thin skinned whitetail deer. But regardless of where you live, small game is small game. The difference between a Georgia squirrel and a Colorado squirrel is not going to be very much.

Best survivalist pistol caliber

survivalist pistol caliberThis topic has already been touched on in this post – Best Pistol Caliber for a Survivalist. But I wanted to touch on it again.

When picking the caliber for a survival situation, several factors should be considered:

Effective stopping power – how effective is the caliber against a given target. The 22 long rifle is great on small game, but terrible on grizzly bear. So use a caliber that is appropriate for the target.

Recoil – how much recoil does the caliber have? Try to pick something that most members of the family can shoot. There are people out there that will buy a 454 casull with no thought to how well their 14 year old daughter can shoot the pistol.

Price – how much does a box of ammo cost? Its not cost effective to buy some odd-ball caliber that cost $30 for a box of 50 rounds – not when you can get other calibers for a lot cheaper.

Pistol and Carbine – does the caliber have a pistol and carbine rifle option? Lets take the 357 magnum for example. There are lots of pistols for the 357, and several rifles, like the Marlin 1894 and the Henry Big Boy.

Best pistol caliber for a survivalist

From my opinion, handguns need to serve a dual role purpose – just like rifles or shotguns. Whether its on your hip while walking around the yard, or in your hand while hog or deer hunting, be sure to pick a caliber that will get the job done.

5. 22 long rifle – inexpensive, light weight, takes care of small pest with little or no problems. The light recoil makes the 22 a great choice for small framed adults, teenagers learning to shoot and people who do not like the recoil of the larger calibers.

One of the big bonuses of the 22 long rifle, it can be shot out of a pistol or rifle, this makes it a dual role caliber. From a stockpiling point of view, and you intend for everyone in your group to be armed, the most inexpensive route is the 22 long rifle. When a brick of 550 rounds cost between $12 – $20, its cost effective to stockpile thousands of 22 rounds. For $200 someone could probably buy more 22 long rifle then they will shoot in a 10 years – do that with 9mm, 40S&w, 45ACP or 357Sig.

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